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Bexar County Commissioners voted Tuesday to give $180,000 to Tech Bloc, so the organization could create a Chief Talent and Recruitment Officer. 

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Saturday, Black Hat USA opened in Las Vegas and will end on the same day Defcon begins making this week very important for cybersecurity professionals. The deluge of hacker happenings, from networking and groundbreaking research to new products and new hacks makes it a must for San Antonio security firms.

Larry Hurtado, CEO of Digital Defense Incorporated, estimates that 15-20 local firms will be present saying the week could represent a lot of business.

"There are definitely deals that are going to be won in and around Black Hat," says Hurtado. 

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Alice Asevedo works for Edgewood Independent School District. Laura Johansen home schools an elementary-aged child.

Both women are blown away by this training on Augmented-Reality books. AR books use smartphones or tablets to add a layer of content on traditional books.

Over their audible gasps, laughs and exclamations, there is a palpable excitement over how they can use these books.

"It's the Earth," says Johansen, "It's the whole Earth," she says staring at a three-dimensional model through an ipad. 

"Oh my God," says Asevedo laughing.

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NASA's New Horizons probe flew past Pluto two years ago, documenting our Solar System's former ninth planet, but the mission always intended to go farther.

Though New Horizons launched in 2006, NASA and San-Antonio based Southwest Research Institute didn't know where the probe would explore after its primary mission to Pluto.

In 2014, scientists settled on Kuiper belt asteroid MU69. Only now are they figuring out exactly the best route and how big the icy rock is.

Among the exposed walls, blowing fans and dozens of construction personnel, Heather Plank -- hard hatted and enthusiastic --  is explaining the the layout of one classroom in the San Antonio Independent School District's newest in-district charter high school, CAST Tech.

"So this is more of the typical classroom, that has the three different learning environments in it," Plank says explaining that each teacher will have three areas from instruction, to individual to group learning spaces.

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